Jarno takes his first ever win at the most prestigious race, while Fernando crashed out from second position. Today at Monaco, Jarno Trulli took his first Grand Prix in consummate style at the wheel of his Renault R24. He took control of the...
Jarno takes his first ever win at the most prestigious race, while Fernando crashed out from second position.
Today at Monaco, Jarno Trulli took his first Grand Prix in consummate style at the wheel of his Renault R24. He took control of the race as soon as the lights went out, from pole position, and was only headed during the second round of pit-stops, which coincided with the second safety car period. Having started from pole, which was also a career first, he drove a faultless race.
His team-mate Fernando Alonso started from third position, and was second by the first corner. He followed in his team-mate's wheel-tracks during the first two stints, but crashed in the Tunnel when lapping Ralf Schumacher.
The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team reinforces its second place in the Constructors' Championship, and Jarno Trulli is now fourth in the drivers' standings, with Fernando Alonso sixth. Renault thus took its first ever win in Monaco as a chassis manufacturer, and its seventeenth victory.
Jarno Trulli, Winner:
"It is hard to express what I am feeling right now. The team, the car, myself, we have all been improving bit by bit since the start of the season. Yesterday, I took my first pole position and said that all I needed now was a first win. To do so is a wonderful feeling. I believed in myself and the team, and hoped that maybe we could win here. To be honest, the way the race turned out really didn't help me: each time I built up a gap, the safety car came out, and I had quite a lot of trouble with traffic."
"But the car was perfect, the strategy correct and the pit-stops were fantastic. I just want to thank everybody in the team, here at the track, at Viry and at Enstone. They have worked so hard this year and this is not just my win, it's theirs as well."
Fernando Alonso, retired:
"First of all, I have to congratulate Jarno and the team for the win: we really worked hard in the winter, and this is the first reward. In terms of my race, everything was going well and I was quite comfortable behind Jarno. The car had a good balance, and was easy to drive; I was just following Jarno and was intending to push at the second stops."
"The reason for the crash is pretty simple: I was lapping Ralf, and he ignored the blue flags for the first seven corners. He slowed down to let me by at the entrance to the tunnel, then got back on the throttle and pushed me wide. There's no grip on the outside there, and I lost control. It's extremely frustrating, and cost us a one-two finish."
Flavio Briatore, Managing Director:
"The team was awesome this weekend, and the two drivers did a great job. Jarno drove fantastically well, and he has won his first Grand Prix at the most difficult circuit of all. He also won in the best possible fashion, from pole position. I am sorry for Fernando because had he finished, we would have been first and second. But most importantly, we must thank everybody not just in the Renault team, but in the Renault Group. This result reflects the commitment, discipline and ability of everybody involved."
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:
"What a magnificent result for Jarno and the whole team: it's wonderful to win at a classic circuit like Monaco. The team and the drivers have been building up to this since the start of the year, and it is a just reward for their efforts. The only disappointment is that it could easily have been a one-two. At this stage, Fernando's retirement would appear to have been no fault of his own. But this is Jarno's day: he has worked extremely hard and should enjoy the result."